Importance of Water-Treatment Systems in Electronics Manufacturing


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Agape Water Solutions is a leading provider of water-treatment systems for industrial uses. Utilizing years of industry experience, Agape Water Solutions creates custom solutions for a variety of clients, including electronics manufacturers.

Electronics manufacturing, particularly the creation of microelectronics and semiconductors, requires the use of immense amounts of water. While some level of water treatment is used for heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems and process cooling, higher levels are required for clean steam generation, and the most difficult and stringent ultrapure water requirements are necessarily for electrical component rinsing.

The amount of water needed to produce a 300-millimeter wafer can be as much as 2,200 gallons, including 1,500 gallons of ultrapure water. It is essential that the rinse water is ultrapure, because no mineral deposits can remain on the component once the water evaporates. Such residue can cause the electrical component to be defective. Treatment systems that can produce ultrapure water are immensely important to the industry.

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Explaining Deionized Water

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Deionized Water

From its headquarters in Harleysville, Pennsylvania, Agape Water Solutions, Inc., provides water solutions for industrial purposes. Among its services, Agape Water Solutions offers technologies to deionize water.

Q: What is deionized water?
A: Deionized water is water that has had its ions removed, typically through an ion exchange process of cation and anion resin or a semipermeable membranes. Resin beads contain a charge either positive or negative to remove the oppositely charge cations or anions.

Q: Why is DI Water used?
A: Deionized water has a wide range of uses, including in power plants, laboratories, pharmaceuticals, instrument manufacturing, automobile manufacturing and microelectronics. Trace levels of ions in water used for these industries can result in scaling or product defects.

Q: Is deionized water different from distilled water?
A: Yes. The methods used to create each are different. DI water typically has even lower levels of ions.

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Reasons to Clean Reverse Osmosis Membranes

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Agape Water Solutions has been a provider of solutions for industrial water filtration for 11 years, serving the biotechnology, electronics, pharmaceutical, and power industries. Custom-designed systems offered by Agape Water Solutions include such services as an in-house resin regeneration system and electrodeionization (EDI) systems. The company’s services range from remote monitoring to off-site membrane cleaning.

Reverse osmosis membranes occasionally receive frequent cleaning in order to prevent buildup of materials such as bacteria, heavy metals (including aluminum, barium, iron, and strontium), organic matter, and silica. Cleaning the membranes will also enhance their performance, especially for flux and rejection.

Satisfactory cleaning of reverse osmosis membranes requires use of suitable cleansing agents and proper application. Check on the certification for a particular chemical and understand how to apply it prior to beginning the cleaning process in order to avoid ruining the membrane. Additional factors to consider in the cleaning process range from flow rate, pressure, salt rejection and temperature.

Alternatively, seek out an off-site cleaning service for reverse osmosis membranes. Proper off-site cleaning service should include testing before and after the cleaning, as well as certification and testing before and after cleaning. Also be sure the membranes are returned in suitable packaging and properly preserved..

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Advantages of Reverse Osmosis Systems


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Reverse osmosis systems

Agape Water Solutions is an industrial water solutions provider serving clients in a broad range of specialties. Through its numerous reverse osmosis product offerings, Agape Water Solutions enables clients to process up to 1 million gallons of water per day per skid.

Reverse osmosis systems offer numerous advantages for industrial organizations. Unlike methods such as filters, UV light exposure and boiling, reverse osmosis destroys even the smallest particles in drinking water, including metals and chemicals. In addition to eliminating contaminants that can alter the taste and smell of water, reverse osmosis removes salt and pyogenic substances.

Reverse osmosis systems do not produce any chemical byproducts, making them an environmentally friendly water treatment solution. In terms of longevity, reverse osmosis membrane filters often last for years, compared to just weeks for other types of filtration systems. Reverse osmosis systems also are small in size, making them ideal for numerous applications including pharmaceutical manufacturing, power plants, and any industrial application requiring higher quality than drinking water.

Electrodeionization Explained

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A leading provider of industrial water solutions, Agape Water Solutions helps clients install water systems tailored to their specific requirements and conditions. Products offered by Agape Water Solutions include electrodeionization (EDI) systems, which have emerged as popular water treatment solutions in a variety of applications.

A water production method involving ion-exchange media and semi-permeable membrane technology, EDI delivers a high-quality demineralization process. The chamber of an EDI unit includes an ion exchange resin, which only allows ions suspended in water to pass through the membranes. Because the conductivity of the water stream weakens as strong ions are removed from solution, a proper design is necessary to pass current and force ions through the membranes into concentrate stream.

In terms of applications, EDI is commonly used in fields ranging from electronics and cosmetics to biotechnology and chemical production. Electrodeionization offers a number of advantages over traditional ion exchange technology, including low power consumption and cost-effective operation and maintenance. EDI does not rely on any chemicals for regeneration, improving safety and decreasing environmental risk.

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Ultraviolet Light Dechlorination in Water Systems

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Ultraviolet Light Dechlorination

Agape Water Solutions is an industrial water treatment equipment and service company in Harleysville, Pennsylvania. Dechlorination systems are among the numerous products Agape Water Solutions supplies to customers.

Removing chlorine from water prevents oxidization, which can damage other water treatment equipment. Chlorine-free water is also important in many manufacturing sectors. Agape offers three dechlorination options: sodium metabisulfite injection, activated carbon filters, and ultraviolet (UV) light chlorine destruction.

UV light chlorine destruction is an alternative treatment method that removes chlorine by creating a photochemical reaction that causes the element to disassociate, forming instead the less damaging hydrochloric acid. Light wavelengths of between 180 nanometers and 200 nanometers are required for this process to occur. It is important that UV systems be placed upstream of any reverse osmosis systems through which the water may pass, because the membranes used in the latter process can be quickly damaged by chlorine.

UV dechlorination is used in various industries, including food processing, brewing and beverage manufacturing, and power generation.

Silicon Dioxide: Prevalence and Filtration

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Agape Water Solutions offers equipment and services for water filtration and purification systems. Agape Water Solutions protects the environment by providing safe and economic ways to remove harmful chemicals and sediment from wastewater.

Silicon dioxide, or silica, is a compound made of silicon and oxygen that exists commonly in nature. Silica is heavily concentrated in certain types of rocks, sand, and the skeletal parts of humans, animals, and plants. Cucumbers, strawberries, avocados, and brown rice all contain silica as well.

Silica is present in surface water, usually at a concentration of just a few parts per million, but well water typically contains higher levels sometimes up to 100 ppm. It must be removed prior to industrial use, as its tiny particles cause scale deposits to accumulate on surfaces it touches.

Ultraflitration and Microfiltration can be used to remove colloidal silica. Reverse osmosis and ion exchange are used to remove disolved silica.

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